Animal Care

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
20 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Apr 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Part Time

Description of Work Unit

At the CSU VTH, we exist to educate the next generation of veterinarians by providing exception veterinary care and service to the community…every day. The equine unit is an integral part of the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital which provides 24 hour emergency/intensive care to critically ill or injured equines at a tertiary level teaching hospital; simultaneously provide clinical instruction to professional veterinary medical students, interns, residents, veterinary technicians, graduate veterinarians and others with an emphasis on practical applications of internal medicine, anesthesia, emergency procedures, emergency surgery, endoscopy, intensive care management and neonatal critical care management. This position will support all equine hospital services by providing supplies, stocking services, facility cleaning and collaborative management of needs with the technicians and animal care teams.

The Infection Control and Biosecurity Program is an integral part of the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Consequently, CSU-VTH Biosecurity Program and SOP is considered a superior program among other leading VTH institutions and considered the best practice model. Hospital/Health Care Acquired Infection (HAI) is a leading cause of VTH institution temporary closure leading to loss of revenue, student academia suffering and lack of client confidence. This position will support and perform methodical biosecurity duties on a daily, weekly and monthly schedule by following strict guidelines established by our Biosecurity SOP, committee and equine nursing staff for which will minimize HAI and support our Mission, Vision and Values established by CSU-VTH.

Position Summary

A progressive and steady increase in case load (22% over 3 years) for the Equine hospital, as well as increases in complexity and severity of cases, has minimized the veterinary technicians’ available time to provide support for stocking, bio-security, and general cleaning of multi-use areas and equipment. This position provides support for all in-hospital equine services. This position is a support level position servicing the needs of the equine nursing staff, patients & clientele to enable proper care for our equine patients.

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

  • One full-time year of experience caring for, feeding, or providing health care for animals in a veterinary hospital, laboratory, breeding, or boarding facility.



Preferred Qualifications

The highly desired candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills, abilities, personal characteristics, and experience directly related and critical to this position:

  • Knowledge of and ability to properly handle large animals
  • Demonstrated knowledge of animal care
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to identify abnormalities related to animal care (ie: observing feces/urine, behavior, blood, etc.)

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Standard of Cleanliness and Organization, Supply and Demand Restocking Duty/Responsibility

Maintain daily, weekly and monthly maintenance duties, cleanliness and organization of the equine main hospital, enteric/colic aisle and isolation hospital, of which are posted as maintenance chores and documented by equine nursing staff and hospital Biosecurity SOP. Thoroughly clean rounds rooms on a rotating basis based on availability, disinfecting floors, counters tops, computer stations and cubbies. Maintain working order of basic physical plant and equipment, in each area in order to achieve an efficient, safe and smooth working facility, thus leading to an overall goal of quality patient standard of care and efficiency. Maintain daily laundry needs. Maintain and clean diagnostic equipment. Clean and stock equipment diagnostic stations, identify and process equipment repair orders, maintain clipper stations, PCV/TP stations and place necessary work orders.

Perform stocking of all areas of the main inpatient equine hospital, outpatient treatment, surgical suites, isolation and enteric/colic area to provide support for efficient daily operations and suppling hospital with appropriate amount of medical supplies. Position manages supply and demand of two Cubex systems, tallying stock and retrieving new supplies from central supply in a timely manner and alerting Equine services supervisors or shift lead technician of any discrepancies or concerns for the unit and or stock/supplies.

Percentage Of Time 45% Job Duty Category Biosecurity Duty/Responsibility

Maintain daily, weekly and monthly biosecurity duties of the equine main hospital established by the equine nursing staff and approved by the Biosecurity Committee. Perform duties within enteric/colic aisle, surgery suites and isolation hospital. Process daily fecal submission from all admitted equine patients. Model proper biosecurity protocol within Equine hospital to all staff, faculty, students and visitors. Recognize and correct biosecurity breaches in a timely manner to reduce nosocomial contamination. Gather laundry for cleaning and restock back in designated areas of the equine hospital, soak colic and isolation cover boots. Clean counter tops on a daily basis in patient exam areas. Prepare colic and isolation stalls for patient use, following biosecurity guidelines.

Percentage Of Time 40% Job Duty Category Equine Patient Support and VTH Equine Herd Hunsbandry Duty/Responsibility

Perform equine husbandry duties related to patients and VTH horse herd by working diligently with the equine nursing staff supporting them with stall setup, cleaning exam rooms, and any other related patient care supportive tasks. Prepares grooming bags, muzzles, cleans podiatry equipment and other regularly used equipment. Manage VTH teaching herd medical records in collaboration with nursing staff and faculty sponsor, monitor heath status on a regular basis, schedule hoof maintenance and perform equine husbandry duties for the VTH teaching horse herd. Maintain enteric and VTH horse herd grass beds by reseeding, weeding and watering.

Percentage Of Time 10% Job Duty Category Process Client Horse Euthanasia Keepsakes and Horse Donation Market Value Estimator Duty/Responsibility

Processes client horse keepsakes by collecting hoof prints, cleaning and processing mane & tail samples. Also provides a sympathy card for signatures from clinical team. Logs keepsakes prior to delivering hoof prints to Argus, and then prepares sympathy package for mailing to the client.

Perform a fair market value on any short term donation horse donated from outside individuals as a tax write off value.

Percentage Of Time 5%

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that Human Resources can calculate full-time work experience.
  • The APPLICATION is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.


  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the Application will be removed from consideration for the position.
    • An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • An Application is incomplete if “see resume” (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.
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  • When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position. This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening.
  • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application; however, some positions may still require a resume as a component for complete application materials.
    **Please see the Required Documents section of the posting.


  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s), which requires candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.
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Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Pre-employment Physical - Successfully complete the WorkSteps evaluation., Essential Services Designation - Required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare., Special Requirements/Other - Per CSU HDS food safety training policy, the incumbent must successfully pass the ServSafe certification exam within 6 months of hire date.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Employment and Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.